Sunday, August 14, 2011

Narcissists Rise to the Top...

The Full Headline:
Narcissists rise to the top because people mistake their confidence and authority for leadership qualities.
From a Dutch Study, noted in The Daily Mail (London).

The Lede is:
They may be charming, confident and climb the job ladder with ease, but when they reach the top, narcissists are actually not very good at their roles.
Anybody we know (aside from the one Republicans instantly think of)?  I have no one in mind, but am looking for stories.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

nealcroz said...

I would suggest that almost anyone who has risen to a position of prominence in an organization or group will invariably display elements of narcissism. Whether those traits are normal healthy ones or are destructive is quite situational and conditional. As one psychiatrist observed, even psychotics have lucid moments.

Certainly, Americans want their President to be, well, "Presidential" and a first year psychology student can easily identify narcissistic behaviors in every President that ever was. In the military, I would suggest that most general officers are narcissistic....a few to the extreme and when that occurs, they become ineffective as leaders.